Am I entitled to compensation for a commercial I wrote?

UPDATED: Dec 17, 2011

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Am I entitled to compensation for a commercial I wrote?

My ex-girlfriend works for a local television company. When we were together, she asked me to write a commercial for her to sell to one of her clients. I did, and they used my script and made a commercial and sold it to the client. I have all the e-mails proving this. Am I entitled to any compensation?

Asked on December 17, 2011 under Business Law, Louisiana


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you are entitled to compensation for the commercial script that you wrote with the assistance of your former girlfriend that was later used in production depends upon what the agreed upon terms for the compensation were as promised to you in terms of a specific dollar amount.

I presume that you did not copyright the script for the commercial? If not, you will have a harder time proving that you actually own the script that the commercial was based. I suggest that you contact your former girlfriend to see if you will get any payment for what you wrote.

If her response does not meet your satisfaction, I suggest that you consult with a business attorney further about the situation you are writing about.

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